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People of Faith

October 2, 2009

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Some reflections on faith – it is running in our bulletin this week. I am struck with how simple this principle is when we see it throughout the Bible, but how difficult it is to remember.

    I watched an interview this week with Richard Dawkins. We recently spent some class time on Wednesday night watching an interview with him that is in the movie Expelled, and I was interested to see what he had to say. His new book is entitled The Greatest Show on Earth, and it lays out his argument for the evidence of evolution. His theory is that simple matter developed and gradually gave way to more complex materials, resulting in our current world. During the interview, he made a comment that caught my attention: “In the beginning, there was simplicity.” Did you catch that? He never gave an argument as to where the “simplicity” originated (and judging from other interviews I have seen, Dawkins would likely claim that no one can truly know its origin). Even the author of a book that claims to make a convincing argument for evolution does not claim to know exactly how the world began. Though I doubt Dawkins would consider himself a man of faith, he does have faith – faith in the theory of Darwinian evolution.

     It is difficult to watch the news or listen to talk radio without hearing discussion of the economy, healthcare, and foreign relations. I am no political pundit, and I am glad there are people smarter than I am to deal with these issues. I have noticed, however, that many tend to put their trust in a specific political system, theory of government, or a political party. These are all imperfect, much like human beings. If we put all our faith in a political ideal or even a political candidate, sooner or later we will be let down. Yet some continue to put complete confidence in a political system.

     We’re probably all familiar with the brand of “self-made” heroes that make excellent talk show guests, whether it is someone from humble origins who has made millions of dollars or a person who has overcome incredible odds to excel in a certain sport. Often, these individuals will acknowledge God, family or friends as a source of strength. Yet there are some who remain convinced that everything they are enjoying was earned completely by their own abilities. These sentiments are typified by NFL player Terrell Owens, who is famous for saying, “I love me some me.” Even when we become self-absorbed, we are still people of faith – faith in ourselves.

     The bottom line is that everyone is a person of faith. Everyone. Every person you come in contact with today and every individual you see on TV is putting faith in something. Intellect, job skills, bank accounts, etc. are all  common places for people to place their confidence. The key is putting your trust in something that will last. You don’t get to choose whether or not you are a person of faith, but you do get to choose where that faith is placed. Where are you putting your faith?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 3:16 pm

    props to working in “i love me some me” in a blog post!

  2. andrewdphillips permalink
    October 2, 2009 7:26 pm

    That’s right – a blog post AND a bulletin article!

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